Michele Simon

Michele Simon is a public health lawyer specializing in food industry marketing and lobbying tactics and author of Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines our Health and How to Fight Back. She is also on the advisory board for Corporate Accountability International’s Value [the] Meal campaign and lives across the bay from San Francisco in Oakland. You can follow her blog and find her on Twitter.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 2:15pm
Every State Counts: Support GMO Labeling in Oregon and Colorado
The East Coast has been getting most of the attention lately on the state by state effort to label genetically-engineered food. Vermont recently passed a bill and New York State’s bill is now moving. But let’s not forget about the western states, which are also critical to this fight. Right to know...
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Monday, April 28, 2014 - 9:02am
Follow the Honey: 7 Ways Pesticide Companies Are Spinning the Bee Crisis
If you like to eat, then you should care about what’s happening to bees. Did you know that two-thirds of our food crops require pollination -- the very foods that we rely on for healthy eating -- such as apples, berries, and almonds, just to name a few.
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Friday, February 28, 2014 - 7:12am
Big Soda’s Front Group Arrives Early in San Francisco
Earlier this month, lawmakers in San Francisco introduced a bill that would tax sugary beverages at two cents per ounce, thereby setting off the latest big fight with Big Soda. The estimated $31 million in annual revenue would go to local health programs.
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Friday, February 14, 2014 - 6:38am
The Other NRA: National Restaurant Association Eviscerates Rights of Customers, Workers, and Children
Food movement leaders tend to stick to their specific issues, whether it’s advocating for healthy food, fighting for workers’ rights or curbing marketing to children. For each of these issues, there are numerous food corporations that need to change. But there is one organization that conveniently provides us with one giant target for all of them: the National Restaurant Association.
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Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 3:30pm
Industry’s Secret Plan to Get the Feds to Kill GMO Labeling in Every State
With the disappointing results now in from I-522, the initiative in Washington State that would have required labeling of genetically-engineered food (aka GMOs), the looming question is, what’s next? At least for the junk food lobby, that answer in painfully clear: stop this state-level movement at any cost.
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Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 7:23am
All Eyes on Washington State for GE Food Labeling
While the food movement has been gaining steam in recent years, tangible policy wins have been sparse due to by powerful industry lobbying. One significant victory that appears within reach is the labeling of genetically engineered foods.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 12:49pm
How Did Hepatitis Get into Organic Berries?
The latest example of how even health-conscious eaters are not immune from foodborne illness outbreaks came last week with a recall of organic frozen berries contaminated with Hepatitis A . The products were sold under the brand name of Townsend Farms at two large chains: Costco stores in the west and Harris Teeter stores.
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Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 12:19pm
How Grassroots Advocates Beat the Biotech and Food Lobbies
This week, Connecticut won the honor of becoming the first state to pass a law requiring genetically engineered foods to be labeled. (The governor has indicated he will sign.) It was really only a matter of time.
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Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 10:52am
Monsanto Teams Up With Congress to Shred the Constitution
Our founding fathers, white-maleness aside, did get a few things right. One of them was the concept of "separation of powers," to ensure a system of checks and balances among the three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial. But a dangerous provision snuck into the budget bill passed last week in Congress upends that system. Without any hearings on the matter, the Senate included language that would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to essentially ignore any court ruling that would otherwise halt the planting of new genetically-engineered crops.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 9:15am
Will a Federal Compromise on GMO Labeling Trump State Law, Forever?
Recent reports of secret meetings among industry reps and the Food and Drug Adminstration over GMO labeling piqued my interest, mostly because this critical aspect was missing: any effort to label GE foods at the federal level could bring the current grassroots movement to a grinding halt by preventing any stronger local laws from ever being enacted. But I am getting ahead of myself.
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